When you and your ex-spouse created a parenting plan during a divorce or separation, you designed it to establish a framework for the custody and visitation arrangements for the children involved.
However, circumstances can change over time, and it may be necessary to modify the parenting plan. Here are some situations where it may be appropriate to request a modification:
Change in circumstances
If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances since the court created the parenting plan, it may be necessary to modify the plan. Examples of significant changes could include a change in the living situation of one or both parents, a change in the child’s needs or preferences or a change in the parents’ work schedules.
Non-compliance with the parenting plan
If your ex is consistently failing to comply with the terms of the parenting plan, it may be necessary to request a modification. For example, if your ex is repeatedly late for visitation or consistently refuses to follow the agreed-upon schedule, a modification may be necessary to ensure that the child’s best interests are being met.
Process for requesting a modification
If you believe that a modification of the parenting plan is necessary, you will need to follow the appropriate legal process. This typically involves filing a petition with the court and attending a hearing. In order to be successful in your request for a modification, you will need to demonstrate that there has been a significant change in circumstances or that the current plan is not in the best interests of the child.
A parenting plan is an important part of any divorce or separation involving children, but it is not set in stone. The process for requesting a modification can be complex, but with the help of an experienced professional, you can ensure that your child’s best interests are being served.